Lawyer for accused Palms shooter wants time to negotiate

The lawyer for a man accused in a fatal shooting at the Palms said Tuesday he wants to talk with prosecutors about avoiding a trial.

Jim Johnson, who is free on $100,000 bail, is charged with murder in the May 15 shooting death of 25-year-old Evan Plunkett at the Fantasy Tower of the hotel.

Defense lawyer Bill Terry asked Justice of the Peace Joe Sciscento for a status check on the negotiations later this month.

Outside of court, Terry said he was still awaiting paperwork from prosecutors in preparation for the discussions.

The lawyer has said that Johnson, 25, of Las Vegas, was attempting to intervene in a fight and slap a bottle out of Plunkett’s hand when a gun discharged and a bullet struck him in the chest.

The shooting occurred at a party with about 50 people, where police have said Plunkett quarreled with three other men, who had disappeared by the time police arrived at the hotel.

Johnson is slated to appear in court July 29.

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